New Delhi: Former India captain Anil Kumble on Monday, resigned as the chairman of the National Cricket Academy (NCA). While conflict of interest was seen as a possible reason that left Kumble 'with no choice,' NDTV has learnt that one of his proposals related to injury management was turned down by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI).
According to reliable sources in NCA, Kumble required a software program for injury management but his proposal was turned down by BCCI. While the official reason for rejecting the proposal was clarified to Kumble as high expenses as it would have to be developed by companies like Infosys, it is learnt that BCCI suspected Kumble to personally benefit from any such deal. The same sources say that the Indian board calculated that there could be chances of Kumble charging a commission.
Therefore, Kumble's eventual resignation was accepted by the working committee of the BCCI and the former leg-spinner said that it was because he had been left with no choice. "I had a three-year vision to make NCA a better. I had made 10 presentations during my tenure as chairman with the hope that my vision could be accepted," he was quoted as saying although he made no direct reference to the software in particular.
Former batsman Sunil Gavaskar though told NDTV that a player of Kumble's credibility cannot be doubted.